UR
Running time, 90 minutes
2015—18

Inspired by the ancient Sumerian tablet, The Lamentation for the Destruction of the City of Ur, the first lamentation written for a city in the history of mankind. Evoking multiple timelines that stretch from 2000 BC to the ISIS destruction of Palmyra in 2015 and a utopian vision of a Middle East of the future, UR presents a riot of imagination and archeology exploring themes of iconoclasm, civic space and feminine apotheosis. First developed on the ancient island of Failaka, the play marks Al Bassam's first collaboration with German and Arab diaspora actors.

Co-Produced by Residenztheater, Munich; The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC); SABAB Theatre. Running time: 90 minutes without interval
Performed in Arabic and German (with surtitles)
Premiere: Residenztheater, Munich, (2018)